Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

pumpkinpbcupA few days ago, my mom said she was going to go shopping with me.

This is already a huge surprise since she ALWAYS declines my shopping-trip offers due to lame excuses like ‘laundry’, ‘dishes’, ‘napping’ and other responsible, adult-y things I do not adhere to.

So she took me to the mall and we shopped around.  Eventually, we ended up at Victoria’s Secret and we looked around at the sparkles, lace, prints and pretty things.  Then she told me she wanted to “treat me” and that she would buy me something.

Well, without getting into tooooo much information (even though this post is completely TMI), I decided I would like some new, er, asset-support.  Because of my increase in eating donuts (which is wholeheartedly to blame on my coworkers who bring in donuts DAILY), I figured I could use a new brassiere.

Anywhooooo, one of the ladies put me in a room and said she’d be right back with the measuring tape and closed the door behind her.  I stood there in my sweater and jeans thinking, is this like when you see the lady-parts doctor and they expect you to undress?  I awkwardly looked at myself in the mirror thinking that it seemed logical to strip down so they could accurately measure everything, but then again, wouldn’t just lifting my arms up suffice?  However, I didn’t want to be that lame girl who doesn’t know how these things work and have her come in and be like, “you’re not ready!”  Confused, I went to my default setting and I just stood there, making the situation more awkward.

The very friendly attendant came back and was ready to measure, and clearly pleased that I had not removed my sweater.  I was glad that I decided to remain awkward rather than being all Assuming Amy and strip down in front of a stranger.

So she did her thang and left to fetch me a new brassiere.  After she gave me one, I tried it on and was instructed to hit a buzzer for her to come assess the fit.  I did, and she popped right back in to check things out.

Apparently, in situations when awkward, donut-loving women are getting their bras fitted, invitations are sent out to anyone interested because while I stood there with my arms out to my sides, my mom, sister, and another attendant came up to the open door to check out my goods.  In addition, yet another attendant and their customer came up to the door, stopped in the doorway, checked out my modeling skills, and then left.

It was then that I realized I would contact Victoria’s Secret and pitch the idea of being ‘the weird pseudo model in the fitting room’ person.  That, or invite everyone I know the next time I go undergarment shopping because apparently it’s very interesting to watch, according to the crowd I garnered in the dressing room.

DSC_0118AAnyway, while I was getting dressed, I overheard the perky attendant telling someone she was super excited to do some fall baking with pumpkin.  And it was then that I realized I haven’t done very many pumpkin-y things this season yet, and that would have to change.  So in honor of, er, brassiere shopping, I decided to make cups — cookie cups! 😉

I got the idea for these scrumptious cups from one of my bloggy besties, Aimee from Shugary Sweets!  She made some Peanut Butter Cookie Bites a few years back and it inspired me to do the same this year.  I’m so glad I did because these cookie bites are absolutely delicious and received so many compliments from my coworkers!


4.5 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
Take a bite into fall with these equally adorable and delicious peanut butter cookie cups, stuffed with gooey pumpkin marshmallows and classic pumpkin mallowcreme candies!
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix, plus ingredients on the back of the pouch (can use your favorite homemade peanut butter cookie dough, if you'd like!)
  • 24 Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Mallows
  • 24 mallowcreme candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cookie dough according to package directions. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion a scoopful of dough into each greased cavity.
  3. Bake the cookie cups for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let sit about 2 minutes.
  4. Immediately (and carefully!) press a pumpkin marshmallow into the center of each cookie cup. To make it a little easier, you can very gently make an indentation with the handle of a wooden spoon. Pop the cookie cups back into the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffy.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool, about 20 minutes. Top with a mallowcreme candy and allow to cool completely. Store airtight, room temperature, up to a week!

DSC_0121APumpkin is one of those superfoods that manages to steal the show AND be a great supporting role.  Surprisingly, it goes with a ton of flavors — some more unexpected than others! — and peanut butter is one of them.  I LOVE the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter.  Neither flavor outshines the other, and the buttery, nutty peanut butter tastes SO wonderful with the sweet pumpkin.  Plus, those mallowcreme candies are too cute on top and provide a nice sweetness and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture on top of these fun and festive cups.

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley



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  1. I hate those moments when your not sure if you should strip down or not. I usually air on the side of caution and keep my goods covered…haha…These cookies look pumpkinrefic!

  2. You have me cracking up Hayley! I would totally have been awkward not knowing what to do too. Love the pumpkin mallows in these!!

  3. Funny – I was there a few weeks ago and I had the same thoughts! I put my tank top back on over the bra for the re-check, no need for the crowds of people to be checking everything out. These cookie cups look like the perfect take along for going to friends for dinner later this week.

  4. I have never, ever, ever been inside of Victoria’s Secret — it scares me!! So many bright colors, tons of lace, and strange mannequins in the windows with curves in all of the places I don’t. But hey, if a shopping trip there results in an amazing pumpkin and PB dessert, then I’m all for it! 😉

  5. Oh my gosh so funny! These look great!

  6. Starring or supporting role, both pumpkin and peanut butter shine! The words “supporting” and “cups” definitely ties in with your story. So awkward and I can relate. Love this creative twist, Hayley. Thank you for sharing. Pinning!

  7. …and that’s why I’ve never been measured, ha!

    LOVE these!

  8. Haha and this instills the fact I avoid getting fitted at VS like the plague!

  9. I am blushing over here for you! oh man…
    These cookie cups look perfect! I LOVE pumpkin with peanut butter. So cute with the pumpkins in the center too!

  10. Uh yeah, I don’t think I’d do well with a crowd around me while trying on a bra! No thanks! I’m loving the pumpkin cookies! I to make more pumpkin goodies! Mmm, maybe I need pumpkin donuts!

  11. Haha – great story! When I had my first baby, I was last in the row of rooms to deliver, so all the drs & nurses & med students all squished into my room to watch the production. I think I had about 15 people in my room! I should have sold tickets….

    I love baking with pumpkin & am always looking for new ideas. Can you believe, I can’t stand pumpkin myself (I know …… I’m told that’s a sin!) but everyone else in the family does so I’m happy to oblige 🙂

  12. Oh, the joys of bra fittings 😉 These cookies look amazing! Mellocreme pumpkins are my fave 🙂

  13. Too funny (and horribly awkward!)!
    What a fun idea for cookies! Love that you used pumpkin marshmallows!

  14. These are adorable! What a fun way to use those cute little pumpkins!!

  15. ugh… ive been there. lol…awkward doesnt even describe it especially if you have pretty much “double” the assets like me. These look amazing! i can pretty much taste them now,**** sorry i had to wipe the drool off my keyboard……

  16. These are ridiculously adorable! I just love your creations and that you don’t have to be the best baker ever to make them~\!

  17. There are times when I think I’d love to go to Victoria’s Secret because all the stuff they sell os gorgeous, but then I think I’d feel so awkward there lol. This was such an hilarious post, I love the way you write and I’m super happy I’ve just discovered your blog.
    These cookie cups do love lovely as well and they must taste fantastic, I’m in love with that flavor combo. It sounds so nice! :–))

  18. Laughing to myself that this post came full circle due to cups. haha!

  19. don’t you love when an “audience” shows up?
    oh yeah.
    Better you than me, I think I would scare them if I even walked into a VS

  20. How totally awkward! Luckily.. these cookies cups are not! Love the pumpkins and I’m so making these with my girls!

  21. Bahaha. What a story!!! P.S. … Why aren’t these cookies in my hands right now?! Waaaaah!

  22. hahahaha you crack me up! Kinda glad you had the awkward experience though, since it resulted in these babies!

  23. You are hilarious! I don’t know what I would’ve done in that situation.

    Now these cookies – yes and yes! Pumpkin and peanut butter definitely go hand in hand!

  24. I love bra shopping. I’m weird like that lol.

    These cookie cups are soooo cute and so adorably festive!

  25. And THIS is the reason I’ve never been measured! 😉 Loving the presentation on these cookie cups, Hayley!

  26. In my VS, they just measure you right there on the floor, clothes on, of course. Still, it’s a bit weird to have a lady throw a measuring tape around your girls in front of everybody. I love how your cups have little pumpkin nipples. I’ve never thought of putting pumpkin and peanut butter together. I can’t wait to try these.

  27. Ummm, what the hell is up with the peep show in the dressing room? I’d have shrieked like a banshee for everyone to get out if ten people were crowding around to check out how a bra looked on me. I love how these things happen to you all the time, Hayley. This is the second peanut butter and pumpkin recipe I’ve seen today. I would’ve never put those two flavours together but this is definitely a sign that I need to bake with them.


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